Attack on asramams: Monks to approach Rights panel

via www.newindpress.com published on June 3, 2008


THRISSUR: A meeting of around 75 Hindu monks held here on Monday decided to approach the Human Rights Commission against the unwarranted police raids and attacks on asramams in different parts of the state in the name of checking fake godmen.

Talking to reporters after a meeting here, the sanyasis said that a fraternity of 200 Hindu sanyasis had been formed with Swami Vedananda Saraswathi of Geetha Mandir of Peruva in Kottayam district as the co-ordinator.

It was also decided to constitute a committee to visit the asramams which were attacked and collect detailed information and present a memorandum to the Governor if appropriate steps to prevent such attacks were not taken by the state government.

Answering a query, the sanyasis said that they were not against identification of fake godmen who were exploiting people in the name of God and take legal steps against them.

However, in the name of checking fake godmen, the authorities should not resort to harassing all. They said that the Government has a list of fake godmen in the state and the raid and attacks on asramams were aimed at harassing and tarnishing the image of genuine sanyasis.

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